Ashot I of Armenia

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Ashot I
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King of Armenia; Prince of Princes of Armenia
Reign 884 – 890
Successor Smbat I the Martyr
Spouse Katranide
Issue Smbat I
Dynasty Bagratuni Dynasty
Father Smbat the Confessor
Died 390

Ashot I Bagratuni (Armenian: Աշոտ Մեծ; died 890) was an Armenian king who oversaw the beginning of Armenia's second golden age (862–977). He was the son of Smbat the Confessor.


His family, the Bagratunis, was one of the most powerful in the kingdom, along with the Artsruni. Both families were struggling for power through warfare against Arab invaders. Ashot was recognized by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Musta'in as Prince of Princes of Armenia in 862, a status he kept during the reigns of Abbasid Caliphs Al-Mu'tazz (866–869), Al-Muhtadi (869–870) and Al-Mu'tamid (870–892).

He was later crowned as King of Armenia through the consent of Caliph al-Mu'tamid in 885, a move to prevent intrusion into Armenian territory by Basil I, a Byzantine emperor of Armenian origin.

In 885, Ashot became the founder of the medieval Kingdom of Armenia, also known as Bagratid Armenia, due to the contemporary rule of the Bagratunis. The Bagratid kingdom lasted until 1045.

Ashot was married to Katranide. He reigned as king for around six years from 884 to 890. He was succeeded by his son, Smbat I.


  • Federal Research Division (2004). Armenia: A Country Study. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 1-4191-0751-8. 
  • Ghazarian, Jacob G. (2001). The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia During the Crusades. UK: Routledge. ISBN 0-7007-1418-9. 
Preceded by
(Himself as Prince of Armenia)
King of Armenia
(Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia)

Succeeded by
Smbat I